What is a patient’s daily life like before a deep plane facelift?

Mrinal Supriya describes the daily life of a patient before a deep plane facelift

Laura Livesey: For your patients that are over 45, they are feeling a bit of frustration with how their face is looking, and it’s not really living up to the lifestyle that they’re hoping to lead. What kinds of things do they experience on a daily basis, in terms of some of the frustrations that they might notice throughout the day, in terms of how their face might be letting them down?

Mrinal Supriya: It is a big range. You have people at one extreme who will come and tell me, “Oh, I completely hate my neck. I hate the way my face looks,” while on the other extreme you have people who come to me and hold their jawline and say, “If you could just put this thing slightly up, that is all I need.”

The common thing here is that people are not comfortable with the appearance of their face, which means that they start avoiding social situations.

They do not feel that confident when in a professional surrounding, and they tend to avoid having their pictures taken, whether on a social or a professional platform. It leads to a lack of self-confidence, and they tend to avoid situations where their face might be the centre of attraction or where it might be that they have to have their pictures taken. So that harms both their personal and professional life. From being someone who is taking an active part in everything a few years back, they start taking time out and almost become a recluse on the other extreme…

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Laura Livesey: Wow. Do they tell you that people have said anything to them, or is more of an internal recognition? Do people say you look a certain way or you should get this done?

Mrinal Supriya: Interestingly, what I have found is that in most of the patients whom I operate upon and whom I choose to operate upon, it is more of an internal drive rather than an external comment. I firmly believe that you get the most out of it if you do it for yourself rather than someone else.

It is something that you should do to increase your self-worth and your self-confidence, rather than to gain acceptance or praise from someone else.

These are the people who will get the most out of it because they have the right mindset, and they have the intelligence to have identified the actual physical changes that they are not happy about.

Laura Livesey: They’re maybe missing some social activities, possibly feeling uncomfortable, maybe missing some work, avoiding scenarios, and generally feeling under-confident.

Mrinal Supriya: Yes. Particularly in females. They start avoiding going to meet their friends, going to a social gathering, things that they used to enjoy in their social circle. When they go for a holiday, they are not comfortable getting their pictures taken. Remember, this is the era where we don’t have film rolls anymore. We can take thousands of pictures on our digital camera or our phone.

Once you start avoiding it, you start missing out on the day-to-day, fun activities. That is a real shame because it can be addressed very adequately by having the correct procedure done by the correct surgeon.

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About the expert

Mr Mrinal Supriya | Facial Cosmetic Surgeon

FRCS (OTOL-HNS), MRCS Ed, DO-HNS, MS in ENT, MBBS

Mr Mrinal Supriya is a Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon with a special interest in facial cosmetic surgery. He is among 30 cosmetic surgeons who are members of the Royal College of Surgeons’ voluntary registration scheme – a professional body that works to advance surgical practice and patient care.

Mr Surpriya has previously worked in top hospitals around the world including the UK, Australia and the USA. He has also spent time with Dr Andrew Jacono who has been named one of the top plastic surgeons in the USA.

In the UK, Mr Supriya has worked as an ENT Consultant at Northampton General Hospital & St. George’s University Hospital, London as well as Ninewells University Hospital, Dundee.

Mr. Supriya’s clinical interests are minimal-access facial cosmetic procedures with a further expertise in Deep Plane Facelift and Rhinoplasty. By focusing his cosmetic practice solely to the face, Mr Supriya has developed super-specialised skills and achieved extremely reliable results with high patient satisfaction.

Mr. Supriya is able to provide comprehensive expertise that can only come from super specialisation: eyelid rejuvenation, nose job, endoscopic brow, face and neck lift, lip rejuvenation, cheek rejuvenation, ear surgery, chin surgery, buccal fat pad resection and skin treatments.

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